Screen Shot 2014-04-11 at 11.25.00 AMExcited to brainstorm next week with Olivia June Poole, the new community director of RocketSpace where I’m now based, a regular gathering of community managers here to bring together all the different community people from startups in this incubator/accelerator/coworking space.

Kinda meta. Also, a way to make coworking even more beneficial.

 

I see it being a way to get to know our fellow community-entrusted pros, discuss community management issues among ourselves, and begin to meld our discrete communities for increased impact and opportunity.

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Thanks to expat author in Dubai Faye Brann for interviewing me about #expat #literature and the #publishing world’s opportunities to capture expat lit’s readers.  She blogs about it here. Here’s the interview as it was conducted on Twitter this week – which is where Faye and I met!

 

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Faye is working on her first book, There’s No Place Like Home, to “look at the often misunderstood life of the ‘trailing spouse’ abroad”. At her blog she explores the gap in the market for narrative expat literature.

 

photo-9BetaList highlights to thousands of tech-savvy early adopters the upcoming mobile app of Selfish.me, the San Francisco startup I joined in February as director of community…

So fun strategizing and executing the global rollout of this new social networking collaboration tool! Sign up now to be notified as soon as it hits the app store.

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 Thanks Billie, you made my day!

photoThanks to the organizers, sponsors and participants of the Exceptional Women In Publishing conference. Here’s just a tiny peek into an inspiring day. More to come, including resource links to the things we mentioned during the below panel.

 

 

 

 

 


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Marina KhoninaSO PLEASED to be able to provide this LinkedIn reference to my Byzantinist intern Marina Khonina on her road to applying to grad school!

And what a fun walk down memory lane on my pop cultural/historical project that remains in development…

Marina was a joy to work with in Istanbul on my pop cultural, Byzantinist research project about the Church of Polyeuktos.

Her facility with Byzantine history and exuberant curiosity helped me develop the outline for an art historical saga of interest to a modern audience about a Byzantine aristocrat, Anicia Juliana, and her architectural rivalry with Emperor Justinian which resulted in him building a wonder of the ancient world and seat of Christianity for 1,000 years (Haghia Sophia), and her forgotten.

Marina contributed valuable context and insight into the story’s most compelling themes of religious symbolism and gender roles, including the link between Jerusalem and Constantinople and

  • what it meant for a woman to be a non-royal patron of the arts
  • what it meant to equate herself with King Solomon and the emperor
  • what it meant to claim she was head of the Christian church

…all of which Juliana did in building her edifice.

 

(You begin to see why I picked this subject to develop.)

Marina added rich new perspective to how Juliana was misrepresented historically vis a vis the lesser-accomplished Empress Theodora, and the daring Chalcedonian statement Juliana made in restoring another woman’s building project.

I’d recommend Marina for inclusion in any advanced research venture.

2014 Marks 2 Years Of Offering The GlobalNiche Program: An Update & Shifting Of Gears

18 February 2014 Community

An update from me, my GlobalNiche cofounder Tara Agacayak, and our team member Tanya Monsef Bunger.  Today over 3000 are taking the course, with 13 study group leaders working to bring the program to their own communities of artisans, expats, servant leaders, writers and academics, and women entrepreneurs. It’s been a privilege and a pleasure to have […]

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Another Storytelling Venture Sheds Old Media Constraints For 21st Century Creativity & Context

27 January 2014 Community

Blogger and columnist Ezra Klein (formerly of the Washington Post) just announced in The Verge his new news venture “Project X” at Vox Media. It aims to address the question: “why hasn’t the Internet made the news better at delivering crucial context alongside new information?” “New information is not always — and perhaps not even […]

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Turkey-Related Entrepreneurs, Founders & Funders

24 January 2014 Community

Out having antique cocktails (that’s the San Francisco way) at Comstock Saloon with family and friends. The international (and Turkish-related) set of startup entrepreneurs, founders and funders included Bora Sahinoglu, Burc Sahinoglu (of CratePlayer & HIVEBEATS), Rostem Hairedin (of Selfish.me) and Ersin Pamuksuzer of StartupBootcamp in Istanbul. Ersin’s latest venture was in the news this week, with […]

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